Thursday, May 1, 2008

Heavyweight hydrogen might be pharma's new winner

Take at medicine already in use, and replace some of the normal hydrogen atoms in the drug's molecules with the heavier variety deuterium. What you get is a new chemical entity, which hopefully is both better and safer and the original one. Drug discovery start-up Concert Pharmaceuticals, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has more than 100 patent applications based on this principle.

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